© Alyssa Wilcox Photography 2015Amanda Knox is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author (her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was published by HarperCollins on April 30th, 2013). She received her Bachelors degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2014. She currently works at a small bookstore and as a freelance journalist and editor. She is fluent in Italian.

Amanda was a defendant in the internationally infamous and controversial trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Amanda was 20 years old and studying abroad in Perugia, Italy when her 21-year-old British roommate, Meredith, was found brutally stabbed to death. After four days of questioning, Amanda was arrested and imprisoned alongside her boyfriend of a week, 23-year-old Raffaele Sollecito. Amanda and Raffaele spent nearly eight years defending themselves against a fervid prosecution which insisted upon unsubstantiated character portrayals of depravity and violence and their involvement in the murder despite lack of physical evidence placing Amanda and Raffaele at the scene of the crime. This, in contrast to the copious physical evidence demonstrating the presence and participation of a separate defendant, 20-year-old Rudy Guede. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted on December 4, 2009, then acquitted on appeal on October 3, 2011 when court-appointed forensic experts determined the key evidence used against them was unreliable. They were immediately released from prison and Amanda returned to the United States. On March 26th, 2013 the Italian Court of Cassation vacated the acquittal and ordered a new review of the case. On January 30, 2014 the new appeals court reinstated the guilty verdicts despite no introduction of any new incriminating evidence. Amanda and Raffaele continued to profess their innocence, appealed against the conviction, and were finally found definitively innocent by the Italian Court of Cassation on March 27th, 2015.

Photo by Alyssa Wilcox.

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